I Have Not Yet Stopped Doing The Happy Snoopy Dance

I Have Not Yet Stopped Doing The Happy Snoopy Dance

A bit of most excellent news — yesterday I found out that Strange Horizons will publish my story Until Forgiveness Comes!  Yay!  SH is one of my favorite magazines and a market I really, really wanted to crack.  And that story is, I believe, one of the best I’ve ever written.

Apparently SH sent out a bunch of acceptances yesterday as I saw at least one mentioned on my flist and my fellow Altered Fluidian, Kris Dikeman, also got one.  I’m pretty sure AF is taking over markets one by one, as three or four of us have something coming up in Electric Velocipede as well.

I should also say that the story benefited tremendously from critiques from both Altered Fluid and, later, the Black Beans (who took a look at the revision I did for SH, mentioned here).  Big thanks, y’all :)

My story will come out in late 2008/early 2009, and I’ll definitely make mention when it does.  And next month my Podcastle story comes out.  Lots to look forward to.

Designing Stuff

Designing Stuff

I’ve been rather busy the past few weeks and I owe many of you many emails.  Please forgive me!  There’s been a lot of upheaval here at Casa de Tempest the past couple of months and I’m just now getting to the point where I can stop panicking.

I’m taking on several web design projects right now and just (mostly) completed one: DenaLandon.com.

I did the last design of Dena’s site (and it was very pretty, if I say so myself) but we both felt it was time for an update.  This time I put her on a WordPress blog so she could make text updates herself and also integrate the blog into the actual site and run away from Blogger forever.  I’m quite proud of this one, as it’s the most I’ve had to modify a WP theme and I pulled it off. WordPress as CMS works out pretty well for sites like this.

I also created the images along the top and in the background.  They’re all based on the cover art, though I had to fuss with it a bit and work around the title and author name a lot.  I haven’t used masks in forever, but rediscovered that function working on this site, nicely paralleling my learning about them for the first time for the original design.

I have three other projects right now and I’m also looking for more design work.  If you need a simple (but pretty) website or want me to set up a WordPress blog and maybe tweak a theme for you, drop me an email.  I’m going to squeeze in a bunch before the month is up and the Write-a-thon is in full swing.

Write-a-thon Sponsorships — Halfway There!

Write-a-thon Sponsorships -- Halfway There!

According to the progress meter on my site, I am just a scooch over halfway to my goal of getting $1000 in sponsorships! Yep. Right now I have $510 in pledged money, which leaves only $490 to go. If 9 more people pledge $10/week, I’m all set! Or 18 people at $5/week. Or just a flat $50. I only need 10 people if you do that!

Of course, there might be someone out there with $490 burning a hole in their pocket. Why not donate it to a worthy cause? ;)

ETA – Big news!  As of Friday the 13th, I now have $660 in sponsored money. !!  This means I only need $340 more.  That’s about $57/week.  If 6 more people sponsor me for $10/week, I am home free!

To sponsor me, just email my gmail: SponsorKT. Let me know how much and if you’d like your name on the sidebar.

waaaaaa, I want Scrivener!

waaaaaa, I want Scrivener!

I know Mac people get very few things they can call their own, but it’s completely unfair that Scrivener is one of them.  Why can’t they stop being jerks and make a Windows version?  Or, at least, a Unix version so I can put it on my eee!

I’ve tried other programs that do similar things.  I gave Writer’s Cafe months and months to please me.  And while I do like the notebook function and the scraps thing and the journal, the actual area for writing isn’t robust and the index card/story organizing thing leaves MUCH to be desired.  I want Scrivener.  *pout*

As I contemplate starting this new novel in a few weeks (aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh panicomg!!) it would be really helpful if I had a program that helped me organize.  I can’t keep writing snippets in my journal and then go hunt them down across three journals.  That sucks.  Plus, I suspect this novel will involve a great deal of research, taking place in Ancient Egypt and all.  I have a lot of prior research to help, but then I’ll have new questions like “What time of year is best for harvesting pomegranates?”

*wants Scrivener*  *pout*

Write-A-Thon 2008

Write-A-Thon 2008

I’m participating in the Clarion West Write-A-Thon again this year, raising money for the workshop and for the Butler Scholarship. I’m in the process of finding sponsors to help me reach my goal of raising $1000 total.

For those of you who don’t know, a write-a-thon is a lot like a marathon. Instead of sponsoring me per mile, you sponsor me per week. If I reach my writing goal for the week, you pledge to send a certain amount of money. There are six weeks of write-a-thoning to mirror the six weeks of workshopping at Clarion West.

Also for those who don’t know, Clarion West is a writing workshop in Seattle where 17 students have the opportunity to spend a week with 6 or 7 professional writers and editors to improve their craft. This year’s instructors are:

Paul Park
Mary Rosenblum
Cory Doctorow
Connie Willis
Sheree R. Thomas
Chuck Palahniuk

And finally, the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship Fund was set up by the Carl Brandon Society to give financial aid to writers of color attending Clarion and Clarion West. Octavia got her start at Clarion and she gave her support to Clarion West as a teacher, volunteer, and speaker. She was keenly aware of the need for more voices of color in the genre. I can think of no better way to honor her memory than by giving students this opportunity.

When I went to Clarion West a very kind individual donated my full tuition to the workshop anonymously (knowing that I actually did not have the money to go and was planning to take out a loan if it came to that). It was an incredibly generous gift and I’ve always felt that I can never fully repay it — my time at the workshop meant so much. But I try, every year, to do my part in giving that gift to other students.

As I said, I’m hoping to raise $1000 total, which is a high goal but not impossible to reach. It breaks down to about $170/week. If 17 people pledge $10/week, I’ll make my goal. If 8 people pledge $20/week, I’ll make my goal. You can also do a flat amount. $60 only if I reach all of my six week goals. Or $100. If 10 people pledge $100… you get the idea.

I’m looking for 8 – 17 people who can do $10 – $20/week or $60 – $100 overall. Of course, I can’t reach my goal unless I write!

I’m currently writing a novel of 12 interlinked stories, so my goal is to write one chapter/story per week for the six weeks. If you sponsor me for $30/week or more, I will send you the (very, very!) rough drafts each week as I complete them.

If you would like to sponsor me (yay, thank you!), please send an email this gmail address: SponsorKT. Tell me your name, your pledge amount, and if you’d like to pay (in the end) via PayPal, credit/debit card, or by mailing a check to Clarion West. I don’t handle any of the monetary transactions, by the way. It all goes through CW. Soon there will be a webpage with a payment link, which I’ll send you as soon as it’s set up. Also let me know if you’d like me to put your name on the sidebar of my blog as one of my sponsors and if you’d like weekly updates.

Who will be the first to sponsor me?

ETA: My sponsor page on the Clarion West site is now live (Thanks, Kate!). That’s where you can go to send your money via PayPal once the Write-a-thon is over. If you do that, please still drop me a line at the gmail address above to let me know how much you’ve pledged. I’m keeping track of how much more I need to reach my goal. Thanks!

Oh Sci-Fi Channel Movies

Oh Sci-Fi Channel Movies

Today @ Fantasy we’re talking about Sci-Fi Channel movies and why we watch them (or why we stay away).  Inspired by Genevieve’s brave forays into the living room to watch these crazy things, I thought it would make for fun discussion.  Plus we can talk about AZTEC REX and all that is wrong with it.  Join us as we laugh at the likes of Mansquito, Mr. Stich, and pre-spork the movie Genevieve just found out is coming on soon.  I’ll give you a hint:

She’s a model, he’s an elite commando.  They’re going to solve global warming — by destroying the aliens who are causing it!

You think I am lying?  I am not.

Rachel Moss and the Situation She Created

Rachel Moss and the Situation She Created

Because of what Rachel Moss did, I’m completely angry. It’s not just her stupid actions, but the domino effect of them. She cannot escape culpability in this clusterfuck because she posted that not on her LJ, which has some potential for wank, but on a website where people are encouraged to be nasty and over the top.

And of all the things that she said and did, I have to say the worst is calling Moondancer’s little boy a nasty name. I mean, as much as the rest of that is some bullshit, the rest of us are adults. We put those pics on the internet and, sad as it is, the world we live in does carry the risk of assholes deciding to use them for fun. But you do not say something like that about a random child. I fully blame her for the fact that the SASS assholes moved on from making fun of us to making fun of other kids in the Flickr pool.

Now that I’m done writing the ABW post, I’m ready to say what I think we should do about this. Attacking them will probably not work, as these are professional internet assholes with too much time on their hands as it is. I’ll write to the admins about the guy using my picture as his avatar and see if I can get that taken down. But as for the thread and the people on it? I have a suggestion.

I want a bunch of people to register at SASS and start posting to that thread. But not attacks. Because attacks won’t do any good, not unless we can find some pictures of THEM to make fun of (which I wouldn’t bother doing, anyway, because what more can you say about people with so little going on?). No, instead I think we should just start posting nothing but pictures of horses and kitties and puppies and baaaaaby animals.

And some gay porn.

We need to flood them with so much noise that they abandon the thread. If they start it elsewhere, we just do it again.

[ETA: I got bored! This is sad. One day and I’m already bored with those assholes. And unless some of the below things I want happen (not that they should), I can’t even get up the energy to care about them and their board. I still have anyone’s back who needs me to have it, but they’ve already become bogged down in their own loserness, I don’t feel the need to keep worrying about them.]

What I really want is for someone to find the real names behind some of these people and post that somewhere. But that would be wrong and probably a bit impossible. Of course what may not be impossible is hacking the boards or initiating a DoS attack. But that would be wrong, too, and I would never suggest it. I can dream, though.

Also, this is my last post on this particular blog about Rachel Moss until I am done writing up my positive WisCon posts.

Still A Nigger

Still A Nigger

Apologies to those I offend with the title.

After having to deal with much worse people throwing that word at me more times than I can count in a small span of time, I suppose I have some strength left to roll my eyes at this shit.  Someone’s using my picture as their avatar with the words 100% Nigger atop.

Oh good.

They really, really don’t know who I am, do they?

They are about to find out.

(ETA: *points and giggles at the people hitting the comment moderation queue. would feel sad they have no life, but is too busy giggling*)